Girl Scout official talks camps, bullying and summer fun

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – The Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio visited Canfield Village Middle School Wednesday morning.

Jane Christyson spoke with the girls about their efforts to help reduce bullying in school through their Take Action Plan.

The students did research on the effects of being bullied and what it’s like to be the bully. They then created a pledge for all students to sign, starring each name. The group collected 240 of them.

“This is a perfect example of them really digging into something they care about and using skills that they have learned in Girl Scouts in order to take action in their community and an important problem,” said Christyson.

While Christyson was in Canfield, WKBN 27 First News asked about the recent sale of some of the camps across the region and the closing of their Niles office. Camp Sugarbush in Kinsman was retained.

In 2007, five of their councils merged into one, leaving the group with 14 properties. That number was brought down to three.

Christyson says the money from the sale of the other camps is being used to revitalize the ones remaining.

“Some of the camps were in significant disrepair, had health code violations, had safety and security violations. It was just very difficult for us to bring them back to where we needed them to be,” said Christyson.

Some of the new attractions at the camps are a zip-line, new swimming pool and sports courts.

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